February 2017
IN THIS ISSUE
Totally '80s Retro Ski Weekend Rocks the Mountains 
Bluegrass First Class Features Top Performers
Learn About Heritage Apples and Receive Free Rootstock for Grafting 
New Museum Exhibit Celebrates 450th Anniversary 
Totally '80s Retro Ski Weekend Rocks the Mountains 
On February 23-26, fans of all things 1980s will descend (or rather ascend) to Beech Mountain Resort and throughout the town for the Sixth Annual Totally '80s Retro Ski Weekend. 
 
This year's festivities include live '80s music each night, retro ski fashions every day, and a plenty of old-school activities ranging from a Rubik's Cube competition and '80s karaoke to the ever-popular Totally Retro Apparel Contest. 
 
A talking Knight Rider KITT car and stainless steel DeLorean will be on display in the ski village. Click here for more information.
Bluegrass First Class Features Top Performers
 
The 22nd Annual Bluegrass First Class will return to Asheville on February 17-19 at the Crowne Plaza Resort
 
The intimate setting of Bluegrass First Class gives music fans an up-close and personal weekend of unparalleled bluegrass music. Nationally known performers take the stage with the finest area musicians along with new and upcoming bands.
 
In addition to the Grand Ballroom and Showcase stages, the entire hotel is dedicated to bluegrass music fans with all meeting rooms open for pickin’ jamming. Beginning and intermediate workshops in banjo, mandolin, fiddle and guitar will be offered this year on Saturday. Click here for a lineup of performers and other information. 
Learn About Heritage Apples and Receive Free Rootstock for Grafting 
Apples have played an important role in the agricultural heritage of Western North Carolina, and on Saturday, March 18, the public is invited to a free event to learn about Heritage Apples, and also to take away free rootstock for grafting. 
 
From 11 am to 3 pm at the Cashiers Valley Community Center, 42 Community Place, Cashiers, local apple experts will talk about Heritage Apples and the importance of preserving them. They will teach attendees about grafting techniques,  and graft free rootstock for those who bring their own scions, which are the young shoots or twigs of an apple tree.
 
The Community Center is located across from the Fire Department in Cashiers, and admission is free. For further information, contact the Cashiers Historical Society at 828-743-7710 or visit www.cashiershistoricalsociety.org.
New Museum Exhibit Celebrates 450th Anniversary 
 
Four hundred and fifty years ago, Spanish Captain Juan Pardo led an expeditionary force into the interior of North Carolina and built Fort San Juan in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains near present day Morganton.
 
Here, in 1567, nearly 20 years before Sir Walter Raleigh’s “lost colony” at Roanoke Island and 40 years before the Jamestown settlement, Spaniards and Catawba Indians coexisted for a short time. Archaeologists have been working at the site, known as the Berry Site, since the 1980s, and in 2013, discovered the remains of Fort San Juan, believed to be the oldest fort built in the interior of the United States.
 
New Exhibit
The Exploring Joara Foundation, in partnership with The History Museum of Burke County and numerous community supporters, is creating a new professional exhibit focused on both Spanish and Native American discoveries at the Berry site. The exhibit will debut March 18 at the museum, located at 201 West Meeting Street, Morganton, 28655. It is free and open to the public.
 
Catawba Meadows Site
The Exploring Joara Foundation is also developing a Living History Center at the Catawba Meadows Park in Morganton. The Living History Center is an interactive interpretive center which is located on the site of a significant 16th Century Catawba Indian town. 
 
The Exploring Joara Foundation was establshed to engage the public  in archaeology in the Carolinas, emphasizing the discovery of the Native American town of Joara and Fort San Juan. Partial funding for the Living History Center was provided by a grant from the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area.
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